Inspired by Mrs. Donna M. Hayes | North Alabama State Fair, Alabama
Originally held on Blakeley Island, the Alabama State Fair (Greater Gulf State Fair) began as a fundraiser for the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural year featured a young Elvis Presley as the first performer, and brought in 60,000 people to the fair.
6 egg yolks
1 cup plus 1⁄2 cup sugar
1 cup potato flour
2 tbsp baking powder or cornstarch
1⁄2 tsp salt
4 tbsp water
1 tbsp lemon juice
6 egg whites
1 cup orange juice
Blackberries and orange slices, for garnish
This orange chiffon cake is gluten free.
Preheat oven to 300°F. Beat egg yolks, gradually add 1 cup sugar, a little at a time and beat well. Mix and sift dry ingredients; add to yolks, stirring until blended. Add water and beat thoroughly. Beat egg whites with lemon juice in a clean, dry bowl until stiff, but not dry; gently fold into cake mixture. Pour batter into ungreased 9-inch tube pan. Bake at 300°F for 1 hour. While cooling, mix orange juice and 1⁄2 cup sugar in a small bowl. When mostly cooled, invert cake onto your serving dish or cake stand and pour orange juice and sugar mixture over cake while still slightly warm. Add a few blackberries and sliced oranges on top, and sprinkle sifted confectioners’ sugar over cake to garnish, and serve.
Excerpted from County Fair: Nostalgic Blue Ribbon-Winning Recipes from America's Small Towns by: Liza Gershman. Published by Images Publishing Group, 2021
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